San Antonio Community Israel Experience

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Pre-trip

2 nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) as shown below
1 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned Minivan/Minibus with licensed, English speaking Jordanian guide
1 group transfers and assistance from the airport
All transfers between domestic airports
Round trip domestic flight Tel Aviv/Eilat /Tel Aviv
Border taxes and Visa to Jordan
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
Meals: daily breakfast & lunch in Petra

Main mission

Optional flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
7 nights' accommodation at select hotels + Late check-out on last day
8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (3 buses and 3 guides, no bus on April 6, 2019)
3 group transfers and assistance to and from the airport
2 field representatives throughout the mission (hostesses)
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
Basic A/V when needed, background music for opening dinner and DJ for farewell dinner
Meals daily breakfast, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
Water on the bus
Luggage truck from Tel Aviv to the north
Portage at the airport and hotels

Post-trip

3 nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) as shown below
1 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned Minivan/Minibus with licensed, English speaking Jordanian guide
1 group transfers and assistance to the airport
All transfers between domestic airports
Round trip domestic flight Tel Aviv/Eilat /Tel Aviv
Border taxes and Visa to Jordan
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
Meals: daily breakfast & lunch in Petra

Now available: Pre-trip and Post-trip, see below for programs:

 

PRE-TRIP TO EILAT & PETRA
March 30-April 2, 2019

 

Saturday, March 30, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Sunday, March 31, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, transfer to the domestic terminal for flight to Eilat.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Monday, April 1, 2019
PETRA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • Travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea - an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local hotel/restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing, cross back into Eilat and transfer back to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
EILAT - TEL AVIV  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure for fun in the sun: enjoy water sports, swim with dolphins, embark on a Red Sea cruise or simply relax on the beach. (on own account)
  • Check out from the hotel by noon.
  • Transfer to the airport in Eilat for a domestic flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer to the hotel, check in and join the mission. 

 

MAIN MISSION
April 1-9, 2019

Day One: Monday, April 1, 2019
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • 12:50 p.m. Depart San Antonio on United Airlines flight #2015.
  • 5:50 p.m. Arrive Newark International Airport.
  • 10:50 p.m. Depart on United Airlines flight #90.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
THE JOURNEY BEGINS 

  • 4:20 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • You'll be welcomed by our representative who will assist with all arrival formalities and ensure the smoothest of arrivals.
  • Meet your tour educators at the airport and make the short drive to Tel Aviv. During our time here, we'll experience the diversity and energy of this city that refuses to stay the same.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Opening dinner. Toast your arrival in Israel and look forward to a journey of inspiration and education with a celebratory meal and opening remarks by the mission chair.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION - NORTHERN BOUND  

  • Breakfast at the hotel and checkout.
  • The State of the State of Israel: Briefing by David Siegel, former consul general of Israel to the Southwest United States about the key issues dominating today's headlines.
  • From Uniform to You've Informed: Experience Tel Aviv's dynamic start-up and hi-tech fields and learn about the interplay between military and commercial innovation in Israel. Meet alumni of the elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 and hear how their Entrepreneurship and Innovative Support Program (EISP) shares the insights, skills and especially the creativity found in the military area with first-time entrepreneurs. We'll also talk with Nir Lempert, IDF colonel and deputy commander of the 8200 unit, who is now CEO of Zap, one of Israel's leading holding companies, on mentoring a new generation of business and tech “warriors.”
  • We'll depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean Coast enjoying lunch and a wine tasting tour at the Vitkin Winery, a family-owned boutique winery known for producing some of Israel's best Mediterranean-variety wines. L'chaim!
  • Our next destination is the Western Galilee, the partnership region of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. The Partnership2gether program connects together our two communities on many levels. We'll see examples of how our Federation's involvement is changing people's lives in this area and is creating new and mutually beneficial relationships and projects.
  • Kibbutz Lochamei Hageta'ot (the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz) was founded by Holocaust survivors in 1949. We'll visit the kibbutz's powerful Holocaust museum which tells the story of the Shoah and the bravery of survivors in rebuilding their lives in Israel. Our focus will be on the Yad Layeled Children's Memorial Wing which, in an innovative and interactive manner, depicts the personal experiences of children engulfed in the Holocaust.
  • A partnership party including dinner will be a wonderful chance to create and renew connections and friendships with residents from our Western Galilee partnership region.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.                                  

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Four: Thursday, April 4, 2019
NORTHERN DREAMS & REALITIES 

  • Optional: Start the day the mindful way with a yoga session led by a trained yoga instructor.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We will pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of Israel at the monument erected at Shear Yishuv in memory of the 73 soldiers killed in a mid-air helicopter collision in 1997.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Colonel (Res) Kobi Marom, former Northern Brigade Commander will brief us on the complex and fast-changing military, diplomatic and strategic challenges confronting Israel in the north caused by the devastating war in Syria and by Iranian and Russian involvement in the area.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) provide powerful insights into the situation Israel faced on the Golan Heights during the 1973 Yom Kippur war and the situation today. We'll enjoy the beautiful nature while discussing the latest developments in the north.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art or maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city. But as we enter Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, we'll:
  • Share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria, and his fellow mystics as they transformed ancient secrets known only to a tiny elite into a Kabbalah for a new age. Visit the synagogues where they prayed and the graves where they are buried.
  • Make our way through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Talk with artist David Friedman about creativity and the Kabbalah.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ready-Set-Cook! Who are the champion cooks among the mission? Find out in a cooking workshop where laughter and fun are crucial parts of the menu. A top chef will prepare the basis for a gourmet meal utilizing the flavors of the Galilee. We'll join teams and provide the critical final touches. After the cooking comes the eating with dinner accompanied by some fine wine and beer from the area.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Friday, April 5, 2019
CREATING A PIONEER COMMUNITY TOGETHER: THEN & NOW 

  • Breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
  • lada'at Kinneret Cemetery: Moshava Kinneret was one of the first Zionist agricultural settlements. We'll learn of the struggle to establish this settlement and discuss communal and pioneering life in Israel, in the past and today. We'll also visit the graves of some of the iconic figures in Zionist collective culture buried here, including Rachel the Poetess, the Marxist philosopher Ber Borocov, and the “first lady of Israeli song”, Naomi Shemer.
  • As we drive south along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift, we'll discuss the strategic and political situation in this area and consider how Israeli control over it is viewed by some as vital to national security but by others as an impediment to any future agreement with the Palestinians.
  • Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is the site for an interactive tour of the Bio-Bee fields, where environmentally-friendly ways to protect crops, which use flies, bees, and owls rather than pesticides, are developed. We'll see how this collective kibbutz is thriving in 21st century Israel and is strengthening environmentalism in the international marketplace.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • A wonderful Jerusalem Shabbat together will begin with Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Enjoy a private Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone soldiers who came (without their families) from countries outside Israel to serve in the IDF.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Saturday, April 6, 2019
A JERUSALEM SHABBAT | No bus 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services. Take your choice from Jerusalem's dizzying variety of synagogues.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Shabbat Program - choose one of these optional walking tours:
  • Jerusalem and its writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
  • Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Shaananim, and Mamilla: Learn how Sir Moses Montefiore transformed Jerusalem as we view the pastoral neighborhoods, the famous windmill and the artists' colony that he developed. En route, see two of modern Jerusalem's most important landmarks: the King David Hotel and the YMCA building.
  • A street of modern prophets: Discover Hanevi'im Street (Street of the Prophets) and discover the extraordinary people that lived in one of Jerusalem's first modern neighborhoods. Visit the homes of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language, and artist Anne Ticho, see the Ethiopian Church, the Italian Hospital and other buildings that made this known as Jerusalem's most beautiful street outside the Old City walls.
  • Take a Shabbat walk of serenity and surprise as we follow unexpected paths in the Old City, including fantastic views at the Temple Mount Overlook and a visit to Mount Zion to see sites holy to three religions brought together in one building. The upper area is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus's Last Supper but was once a mosque while, in a room directly below, Jews pray at the place where King David is believed to have been buried.

OR (on own)

  • Visit the wonderfully creative Israel Museum with collections that range from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, and from European and contemporary Israeli art to an open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Come together in a community Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City as we bid farewell to Shabbat and look forward to the experiences and adventures still to come.
  • Optional: When the Shutters Go Down: When the stalls are closed at night, Jerusalem's hipsters come out to play and an alternative Machane Yehuda market comes to life. Check out the graffiti paintings of famous personalities that spring up on the shop shutters and get into the night-market mood.
  • Free evening in Jerusalem with dinner on own. We'd be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy the best of Jerusalem's thriving restaurant scene.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Sunday, April 7, 2019
DIVERSITY AND CHALLENGE IN JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Going Forward or Under Siege? The Path for Pluralism in Israel: Hear from key leaders about new developments and challenges in the struggle for religious equality in Israel including in the areas of marriage, conversion and egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. Our panel will include:
    • Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
    • Yizhar Hess, Executive Director and CEO of the Conservative (Masorti) Movement in Israel.
    • Tehila Friedman-Nachalon, feminist, orthodox Jew and a leading activist working for a more tolerant Jerusalem.
  • Dig deeper into the history of the Old City through an exclusive seminar showcasing recent excavations in the City of David. Visit a newly opened tunnel from the Second Temple period and hear how these discoveries are altering our understanding of life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Cinema as a Window into Israeli Life: Examine Israeli society through its cinema at the Ma'aleh School of Film and Television, with special screenings and discussion. Ma'aleh is producing many of the country's most talented directors and scriptwriters while using film to inquire into questions of Jewish and Israel identity. It has also created a groundbreaking program using video therapy for youth at risk, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims and adults with special needs.
  • You're invited to choose one these excellent restaurants for dinner (by prior registration)
  • Anna, a Mediterranean restaurant with an Italian influence, situated in the serene and historic Ticho House in Jerusalem's city center.
  • Angelica, with its impressive menu of kosher Euro-Mediterranean fare and a readily apparent devotion to local produce.
  • Piccolino Dairy restaurant, facing the newly opened Music Square and adjacent to the Nachalat Shiva pedestrian mall.
  • 1868, amongst Jerusalem's first generation of gourmet kosher restaurants, situated in a classic Jerusalem stone structure built in that year.
  • Medita, known for its fresh ingredients, local flavors and especially high-quality meat dishes.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Monday, April 8, 2019
TEL AVIV: NEW VIEWS, NEW VISIONS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out from hotel Return To Tel Aviv 
  • Have You Heard the One About…? Explore the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the renovated Beit Hatfutsot - the Museum of the Jewish People. Highlights include the new Synagogue Exhibition which reveals the great range of synagogues and temples around the world and through the ages while “Inside Out and Outside In” is a riotous but insightful celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink and be educated at the Levinsky Market, where we'll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. Lunch on own afterward if still hungry!
  • Start-Up Nation: Experience the inventiveness and audacity that are making Israel a world-leader in technology at the State of Mind Innovation Center followed by a meeting with a start-up entrepreneur.
  • Shortstop to see Sarona with its historical Templer buildings and impressive architecture.
  • Pause at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Farewell dinner. A night of enjoyment and fine food as we celebrate our journey together and reflect on what has inspired and excited us on our mission to Israel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for flight.
  • 11:10 p.m. Depart on United Airlines flight #91.

Overnight: Flight


Day Nine: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
TEXAS-BOUND   

  • 4:10 a.m. Arrive Newark International Airport.
  • 7:45 a.m. Depart on United flight #508 for your connecting flight.
  • 10:53 a.m. Arrive IAH Houston Airport.
  • 12:00 p.m. Depart on United Airline flight #2017.
  • 1:03 p.m. Arrive in San Antonio.

 

POST TRIP TO EILAT & PETRA
April 8-11, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019
TEL AVIV

  • Farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
SOUTH TO EILAT AND PETRA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Eilat.
  • Transfer to the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • Travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea - an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt, and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local hotel/restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and cross back into Eilat.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
EILAT  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure for fun in the sun: enjoy water sports, swim with dolphins, embark on a Red Sea cruise or simply relax on the beach. (on own account)
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport in Eilat for domestic flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in for the return flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Thursday, April 11, 2019
ARRIVAL  

  • Arrive home


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Now available: Pre-trip and Post-trip, see below for prices. To register for the pre or post trips, please call our Customer Service Center on the toll free number 888-811-2812.


Pre -Trip prices (per person):
Single occupancy - $1,439
Double occupancy - $1,219

Main prices (per person):
Single occupancy - $4,639
Double occupancy - $3,749

Post - Trip prices (per person):

Single occupancy - $1,765
Double occupancy - $1,399
2019 Land Only Air & Land Status  
Apr 01 $3749 $5498 On sale

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Carlton
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's Carlton Hotel is for tourists who want to fully experience the dynamic city of Tel Aviv. Centrally located in the heart of the city, and a short walk from the city's expansive Mediterranean beaches, many of its guestrooms offer a gorgeous view of the sea.

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Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel
Kibbutz Hagoshrim

The Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel is situated in the center of the Galilee, with views of Mount Hermon. Located in a pastoral landscape, it offers comfortable accommodations and facilities as well as an array of nearby activities.

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Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem

The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel provides its guests with the most luxurious facilities, pampering services and discerning cuisine. Overlooking Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park, on the corner of King David Street, the Inbal's rooms and suites are within walking distance of the city's main cultural venues and the Old City.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 90 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • A $300 deposit (unless otherwise indicated) per person is due at the time of reservation. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Online payment of the deposit can be made by credit card only (AMEX, VISA or Mastercard). To pay by check or wire transfer, please call our customer service center. Completion of the payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer. After the deposit is paid, you will receive an invoice which includes full details on how to complete payment.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time. 
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants. 
    Air and land packages are open for registration until Dec 10, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Dec 10, 2018(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket. 
     
  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
    Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
     
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bedrooms are reserved for most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages/group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at the time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to the permitted number of pieces, weights, and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

 

 

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on the number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one piece per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at the time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

 

 

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name of your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be canceled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. The package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
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